Lisenby presents U.S. Constitution program to Wiregrass

by | September 4, 2018 4:04 pm

   The Wiregrass Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, held its monthly meeting Thursday, August 9, at New China Restaurant. With President Wilder Smith Jr. presiding, there were 17 members in attendance and eight guests: Tony Waters, Valerie Watson, Ian Clarke, Justin Clarke, Maybrey Raulerson, Terri Raulerson, Joyce Fennell, and Mike Lisenby.
   President Smith called on Chaplain Emory Fennell to open the meeting with an invocation and the pledges to the U.S. and SAR flags before the assembled enjoyed a buffet meal.
   Registrar Dess Smith III was asked to assist President Smith with the installation of the club’s newest member, Dr. John Derden, retired history professor at East Georgia State College. Derden was approved by both the Georgia Society and the National Society on June 29, 2018 as a descendant of Patriot John Chastain. Derden recited the SAR oath and was presented with his certificate and approved application. He was also presented with the SAR rosette to wear on his lapel.

   Smith III then introduced Mike Lisenby to present the meeting’s program on the U.S. Constitution. Lisenby is a retired attorney and lives in Emanuel County with his wife, the former Nancy Smith, daughter of the late James and Anna Smith.

   Smith III then updated the chapter on progress of forming a new SAR Chapter in Washington County. Sandy Mercer, interim president of the new chapter, is doing an “outstanding job in organizing the chapter,” according to Smith III. Meyers planned an organizational meeting for Tuesday, August 28. Smith III and two other SAR members will attend the Georgia Society board of management meeting on October 27 to submit a charter application for the proposed Washington County chapter.

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